Tissue Bank Manitoba

Registering your decision to donate

Sign Up Fir LifeDonating you organs and tissues after your death can help those in need of a transplant. The SignUpForLife.ca Donor Registry operates throughout Manitoba and allows you to record your decision about donating your organs and tissues. It allows you to say whether you wish to donate all of your organs and tissues, some of your organs and tissues, or none or your organs and tissues for either transplant, medical education or scientific research.

What your Direction means

The Human Tissue Gift Act is the statute that governs consent and direction for donating organs and tissues in Manitoba. At the heart of the law is the principle that the decision to use your organs and tissues for transplantation rests first and foremost with you. If your decision to donate is registered on the SignUpForLife.ca Donor Registry, then as long as no one forced you to make the decision and you were aware of your actions, your direction for donating is legally valid.

If you registered on the SignUpForLife.ca Donor Registry to be an organ and tissue donor and donation is a possibility when you die, then a dedicated person specializing in donation from one of Manitoba’s three Human Tissue Gift Agencies will support your family, let them know your decision, and help to honour it. If donation is a possibility when you die and you have not made a decision or nominated a proxy, the law allows family members to make this direction on your behalf.

Talking to your family about your decision

There is no legal right for your family to override your direction to become an organ and tissue donor, but their support will be needed to fulfill your wish. It is important that you talk with your family so that they are aware of your decision before they are approached by Human Tissue Gift Agency staff, at what will undoubtedly be an upsetting time for them. Your family will be asked for information which will help to establish whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation. Sharing your decision with them will help them prepare to have these conversations.

Organ and tissue donation can often bring comfort to families who have lost a loved one; with knowledge that other lives may be saved or healed. Please do discuss your decision with your family.

If you require further information, please contact TBM@wrha.mb.ca

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